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 Post subject: Re: What was the last laserdisc you bought?
PostPosted: 25 Jul 2020, 11:17 
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Yeah rental versions were definitely still a thing in the US up until Blockbuster closed their doors. The releases never had actual disc art, they were always like a black & white etching.

I know the gold coloring on Japanese Rentals was to signify it being a rental so they couldn't be resold, as rental laws were much more strict in Japan as they are/were in the US.

While not video the japanese video game rental industry is another example of odd japanese rental laws.
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 Post subject: Re: What was the last laserdisc you bought?
PostPosted: 25 Jul 2020, 15:20 
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OTOH, since there's no video game rentals the used video game market in Japan has been huge for decades, and in many cases it would be about the same price as a rental (or even cheaper) to buy a game used and then sell it back once you've beaten it.

I remember back in the late 90's when I asked my Japanese e-mail friend for a copy of Rockman vs Forte for the SFC a few days after it came out, and he said he could get me a used copy for much cheaper, since it was a mainstream title and there would be tons of used copies available. Never thought new titles could easily be had at used prices back then in the pre-GameStop days.
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 Post subject: Re: What was the last laserdisc you bought?
PostPosted: 27 Jul 2020, 20:26 
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I got the complete series of Fawlty Towers, sealed and a nicely shaped box set for little as $6.99 last month. Will save it for a marathon later this year, due to being busy these days.
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 Post subject: Re: What was the last laserdisc you bought?
PostPosted: 27 Jul 2020, 22:32 
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Got a few new discs today.

Christopher Lloyd masterpiece Cadillac Ranch.

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Two oddities I know nothing about here. Blind buys but I will watch them at some stage.

Celestial Clockwork and Berlin Blues.

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Another DTS disc for my collection, this time from Tina Turner.

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 Post subject: Re: What was the last laserdisc you bought?
PostPosted: 30 Jul 2020, 16:23 
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Came home the other day from work and saw two packages waiting for me. One smaller package and a big box:
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Inside the smaller package is the two DTS discs Ive been waiting for. The Rock and Crimson Tide:
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Im still going through the contents of the big box and I will update what was inside it later... Oh, its good. ;)
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 Post subject: Re: What was the last laserdisc you bought?
PostPosted: 30 Jul 2020, 17:21 
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I realised that I wont be going abroad on holiday this year. I'm the sort of person who waits until the last minute before booking a holiday so luckily didnt have anything booked. A couple friends of mine were meant to go abroad and they couldnt for obvious reasons. They didnt get their money back either, instead they were given vouchers for next year.

So, I decided to blow my holiday fund on Laserdiscs. Inside that big box were 40 DTS Laserdiscs. I'm really happy to have these and I am really looking forward to watching them. These are the ones I got:

The English Patient
Great Expectations
The Crow
Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery
In the Name of the Father
Seven
Titanic
Super Speedway
Scream 2
Mulholland Falls
Casper
Stargate: Deluxe Edition
Evita
Wag the Dog
The Mask
Rob Roy
X-Files: Fight the Future
Ronin: Special Edition
12 Monkeys
Jackie Brown
Die Hard
Die Hard 3: With A Vengeance
Apollo 13
Vertigo
Strange Days
Shine
Firestorm
The Wedding Singer
Dragonheart
The Shadow
Broken Arrow
Toy Story
Dark City
The Game
Born on the Fourth of July
Casino
West Side Story
Goldeneye
Tomorrow Never Dies
Schindler's List
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 Post subject: Re: What was the last laserdisc you bought?
PostPosted: 31 Jul 2020, 08:52 
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40? Gordon Bennett!! You went all out. I love it. :lol:
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 Post subject: Re: What was the last laserdisc you bought?
PostPosted: 31 Jul 2020, 10:46 
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Honestly, I'm stoked. It is quite a haul so I probably wont be buying anymore Laserdiscs for the foreseeable future. :lol:

I think I will list all my PAL discs for sale to make room.
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 Post subject: Re: What was the last laserdisc you bought?
PostPosted: 01 Aug 2020, 13:18 
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Just got back from a local seller here in Oslo, Norway.
The plan was to get My Cousin Vinny and maybe one or two expendable titles to use for testing players without risking any prized posessions.

Result was as follows:
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Dumbo (1941) [5485 CS]
Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, The (1977) [7074 AS]
Super, The (1991) [1872-80]
Blade Runner: Director's Cut (1992) [12682]
My Cousin Vinny (1992) [1876-80]
Patriot Games (1992) [LV 32530-WS]
Babylon 5 #1.6: Deathwalker/Believers (1993) [14112]
Shadowlands (1993) [LD 90968-2WS]
Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994) [800631769-1]
Blade (1998) [ID4252LI]

Of course, because I am a dunce that went straight to eBay for a player in stead of checking for local options, my player is still in the hands of eBay global shipping (currently resting in Erlanger, Kentucky), so for now they're just for show.
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 Post subject: Re: What was the last laserdisc you bought?
PostPosted: 04 Aug 2020, 20:03 
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Beyond The Mind's Eye arrived this morning. Unavailable in DTS alas, but still more than worthy of filing alongside Gate To The Mind's Eye and my Virtual Drug collection.

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 Post subject: Re: What was the last laserdisc you bought?
PostPosted: 04 Aug 2020, 20:14 
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Is that the PAL release Ted?

Edit: please ignore that question as I've just noticed that there doesn't appear to have been a European or indeed Japanese version according to the database.
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 Post subject: Re: What was the last laserdisc you bought?
PostPosted: 04 Aug 2020, 20:32 
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Nope however it does have an E Exempt sticker on the back so possibly it was applied on import?

A quick search of the BBFC database yield's zero results for any of the Mind's Eye titles.
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 Post subject: Re: What was the last laserdisc you bought?
PostPosted: 04 Aug 2020, 21:16 
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Interesting, I wonder why? Was looking for a reasonably priced copy of Arachnophobia recently and this seems to be another without a Europe release, only US and JP - very odd especially for a Spielberg movie?
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 Post subject: Re: What was the last laserdisc you bought?
PostPosted: 04 Aug 2020, 22:18 
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Beyond The Mind's Eye arrived this morning. Unavailable in DTS alas, but still more than worthy of filing alongside Gate To The Mind's Eye and my Virtual Drug collection.

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Is that the first or the second edition? I've got the earlier one myself but I have no idea if there's any meaningful difference between the two.
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